IHIT takes over case of missing Squamish teen

On what would have been Jodi Henrickson’s 19th birthday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is preparing investigators to renew the search on Bowen Island for the missing Squamish teen.

Cpl. Dale Carr told The Province that his team will visit the island convinced that someone knows the answer to why the 17-year-old went missing after she attended a house party.

“Somebody out there is holding back,” Carr said of the young woman who was last seen between 6 and 7 a.m. on June 20th, 2009.

“It’s been two years.

“Think of if this was your daughter – wouldn’t you want that information forwarded to police?”

The IHIT team has conducted a review of the investigation so far – young Jodi’s disappearance is considered suspicious and foul play is suspected. Now the specialized homicide teen will visit the island, with an eye to re-interview some of the main players and cast a wider net with the hope of solving the disturbing case.

“We feel that there’s somebody on the island who has information who has not come forward,” said Carr. “It would have been her 19th birthday today.

“We’re letting the Bowen Island and Squamish communities know that IHIT is now taking the lead on the investigation.

“We’re preparing to visit Bowen Island.”

Jodi’s brother, Rob James Henrickson, said he hopes not another birthday goes by without some form of closure for the family.

“It’s the second birthday gone by, and we still don’t know anything,” said the brother. “This case isn’t going to solve itself.

“Even if it’s the smallest piece of information, that may be what’s needed.

“It wasn’t that easy to fall asleep last night.

“It’s hard to imagine what our family’s had to go through.

“If no one comes forward, our family’s going to be in this same place forever.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT or anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.